Third Sunday of Easter - 15th April, 2018

Liturgical Reflection

‘Peace be with you.’


In Luke’s gospel today, we see the risen Christ reunited with the apostles.  He greets them with what was the salutation of our Jewish religious ancestors, ‘Peace be with you’ (Shalom in Hebrew).

Jesus was no doubt allaying their fear of seeing what appeared to be a spectre in front of them.

The peace he brings is not peace in its usual concept: meaning freedom from hostility or conquest.  We know that the horsemen of the apocalypse representing war and conquest will always ride (Revelation 6: 1-4.)  There has never been a time in the last century, or in this one, where there hasn’t been a war somewhere on Earth.

The peace He is referring to is the same peace he gave to the apostles at the Last Supper. “The highest goodness and holiness be unto you”.

He was addressing the very men who were going to go out after His Ascension to spread His message as far as they could travel.

In their quest to spread the ‘Word’ the apostles gained the peace that Christ granted in their work and by giving their lives in his name.

By living our lives as Christ taught us, through the sacraments, prayer, penance, and good works and improving our level of understanding, we can attain the peace and love that Christ bestowed on those who were to light the flame, that still burns nineteen hundred and eighty-five years later.

St Thomas Aquinas Chapter, Wahroonga